Saturday, 4 June 2011

Luke 23

Here's how the study works: Read the chapter mentioned in the heading several times during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for a chapter creates the opportunity to reread it several times and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people's insights.


Susan said...

v.2 "We have found this man (Jesus) subverting our nation. He opposes payment of taxes to Caesar..."

This is a balant lie in Luke 20:25 we read Jesus saying, "Then give to Caesar what is Caesar's and to God what is God's."

It is so annoying when people misquote you and telling lies about you. However Jesus is our example in how to respond. God is our vindicator.

Susan said...

v.3 So Pilate asked Jesus, “Are you the king of the Jews?” “You have said so,” Jesus replied.

Pilate didn't really understand the significance of Jesus claiming to be the Messiah (v.2) but the Jews did. Often the world doesn't understand and sometimes there is no need to explain.

Susan said...

v.12 That day Herod and Pilate became friends—before this they had been enemies.

People become friends because of common interests. With Herod and Pilate the common ground was a common problem - Jesus.

Looking at the big picture it can be true in our world too. People who generally oppose each other sometimes unite to oppose Christians.

Susan said...

v.8-9 When Herod saw Jesus, he was greatly pleased, because for a long time he had been wanting to see him. From what he had heard about him, he hoped to see him perform a sign of some sort. He plied him with many questions, but Jesus gave him no answer.

Herod only wanted to see Jesus in the hope of seeing perform. Given that Herod was prepared to behead God’s prophet, John, suggests he was not really interested in God so Jesus said nothing. Likewise we needn’t feel obligate to share with those who are obviously not interested.

Susan said...

v.22 For the third time he spoke to them: “Why? What crime has this man committed? I have found in him no grounds for the death penalty. Therefore I will have him punished and then release him.”

Three times Pilate declared Jesus to be innocent. Likewise Paul went trough three trials and was found innocent, yet neither was released. The Romans, despite their claims that they upheld justice, caved in to keep the peace. The world cannot be trusted to provide justice.